Kudus & Koppies MTB Route

CLOSEST TOWN > Mbombela (Nelspruit)

TRAIL DESTINATION >Crocodile Conservancy

DISTANCE >From 10km to 35km


GRADING > Intermediate to Challenging


Hands up if you love to crank through private game reserves, enjoying the game sightings against a backdrop of stunning Lowveld landscape. Well, MTB-SA ticks all those boxes, plus they do so on an undulating and challenging track. Kudus and Koppies exudes a feel of remote, natural beauty, with a perfect combo of bush, a great variety of terrain, some challenging climbs and unrivalled views over the Kruger National Park. This is just the spot to get those adrenaline glands fired up!r

On your bike

Game Viewing Route;

The tour starts either early morning or late afternoon when the animals are at their most visible. It is a leisurely ride which takes you through the most frequented areas of Tomjachu Bush Reserve. On the way, we pass one of the larger dams which boasts a wide selection of birdlife and is often visited by the majestic Fish Eagles. The beauty of viewing game from the bicycle is that you are truly at one with your surroundings. Duration ± 2 Hrs

Intermediate Route:

This tour combines the best of game viewing, but takes you further afield. The tempo is more sporty, the climbs longer, and the descents more challenging. On the way we pass through hillsides which are home to troops of baboons, who often 'bark' as you pass them by. The views are unrivaled and every tour is a unique experience. Duration ± 2.5 Hrs

Challenging Route:

The longer tour takes us through the neighbouring farm, which is also home to numerous game species. The undulating tracks provide views of Kruger Park, a mere 30km away. On the return to Tomjachu the descending track becomes increasingly technical. This excilerating tour will make any die-hard MTB'er happy. Duration ± 3 Hrs

NOTE: Tours are for adults only.  The challenging route is for experienced mountain bikers.

Off the bike

Bird watching, fishing.  Self catering accommodation available at Tomjachu Bush Lodge.


Route Information: Walter Wunderlich

Telephone: +27(0) 76 259 8732

Website : www.mtb-southafrica.co.za

GPS: 25°33′18.05.6″South / 31°02′25.8″East




Easy, Intermediate and Challenging


2-3 hours




Park at Plot No.34, Rietspruit, Uitkyk


Gravel road, jeep track and singletrack.


Guided tours only, see below.


Limited to none


Fee payable, by appointment only.


Parking, workshop, ablutions, camping (limited spaces, very basic in bush setting). Bikes for hire.


Game, snakes, technical downhills

Kudus & Koppies (20km):



Drive into Nelspruit/Mbombela from the old N4Highway, also known as Samora Machel Drive.  When coming from Maputo direction, turn left at Henshall Street.  When coming from Johannesburg, turn right into Henshall Street.  Follow Henshall Street, which becomes Ferreira Street, for 13km.  The tar finishes and 1.7km later there is a sigh for Rietspruit Vergeleegen to the left.  Plot 34 is 300m further on the left hand side


All year round, drainage good, even after heavy rains in Summer


Get the books

Our books are available at Exclusive Books, Loot, Map Studio and probably other leading book stores.

Buy us a beer

PLEASE NOTE: This site is a flippen labour of love, brought to you for nada. Niks. Free of Charge. If you'd like to contribute some Bucks, please do - bank details below, but I'm not holding my breath wink

ABSA Cheque Account
Name: T. J. Marais
Branch Number: 312109
Account Number: 011 3130 0014
Any donation over R300 will receive a free copy of MTB TOP TRAILS 2 or MORE MTB TRAILS; just remember to send me Proof of Payment and a Delivery address!